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Choosing Your EVE Online Characters

Mar 14, 2008
If you are just getting started in EVE Online, you already know that there are four playable races and that you will have to select attributes. While there are several other components for creating a character in this very versatile MMORPG, you'll find that these two factors can keep you busy as well as let you figure out a great deal about your character. You'll find that while these factors will generally lead to a balanced and level field between people new to the game, it will affect how your game play goes at the outset, so keep a few things in mind.

The Amar are powerful fighters, and in many cases, they come in at the top when it comes to being able to withstand damage in a way that will outlast their opponents. This is apparent in the way that their ships are built, which is with heavy armor plating and with a real love of laser weapons. Ammarian ships often have a lot of long-range capability, but at the outset, they may be a little disappointing to characters who want to deal some serious damage right away.

The Caldari is an extremely ammunition-heavy race to start with, which makes sense as you will be starting off using primarily missiles. This makes the Calderi one of the top damage-dealing races, but the ships tend to be a little more frail than otherwise. Be aware that a Calderi ship, due to this high ability to deal damage but it's low ability to take damage can be a difficult thing for a solo player to start out with.

The Gallente race offers a great deal of diversity, and the option of using drones, which are small, unmanned fighters that can be deployed during combat. The alternative to drones, which although they are excellent damage dealers, are really made for supportive measures, is the use of turrets, which will allow a close range attack which is fairly deadly, but can be dangerous to you yourself.

Finally, the Minmatar ships have a great deal of firepower but not a lot of defensive ability. They are very fast and very maneuverable, and thus very hard to hit, but when they are, the damage can be very intense. It should also be noticed that the Minmatar ships are widely customizable and allow the player to try several styles of attack before committing.

The main thing to remember when it comes to selecting your attributes is that you should think about what skills you want to work with later. The rate at which you learn skills is highly dependent on what ranking you have in the attribute it is related to, so to ensure that you can spend less time learning the skills you are interested in, make sure that you take higher levels of the related attributes. You'll also find that Charisma is a less useful skill than the others, but this might change as the game develops.

There are many things to keep in mind when you are designing your EVE Online characters, but this will get you started towards the game play experience that you are interested in.
About the Author
Tom Kranz has written articles on EVE Online ships and the EVE Online free trial which is available, as well as a number of EVE Online guides. His articles, along with more information on the EVE Online game, can be found at http://www.eve-online-info.com
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